A few weeks ago ROH announced that the company is planning on undergoing changes to its business operations, and has planned a pivot for the company with a new mission and strategy, and announced that for the first quarter of 2022 the company would be going on a hiatus, and release all talents from their contracts. Since then many have questioned where certain talent would end up.
While a number of names have been mentioned in terms of possibly signing for WWE, AEW, and Impact, very little is known about the future destinations for any of the released talent. If it were up to Impact World Champion Moose, however, at least three of ROH’s biggest stars will join Impact.
While Speaking to Juice Pro Wrestling, Moose said he called Impact Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore as soon as ROH announced its hiatus to urge him to sign Jay Lethal and the Briscoes.
It’s definitely heartbreaking that Ring of Honor is going out of business. One thing I would joke about, it’s not really a joke, but it’s funny how everyone thought IMPACT would be going out of business and it’s not IMPACT. It still sucks because I have lifelong friends who work there and I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for Ring of Honor and a lot of people wouldn’t be who they are in wrestling if it wasn’t for Ring of Honor. There wouldn’t be an AEW without Ring of Honor. WWE wouldn’t have a lot their stars if it wasn’t for Ring of Honor. IMPACT wouldn’t have a lot of stars without Ring of Honor. It definitely sucks, but I do think a lot of those guys are going to be okay.
“This is the best era of wrestling ever because there are so many companies searching for great talent. A lot of those guys are going to be okay. When COVID isn’t a thing anymore, because it’s starting to get better, a lot of those guys will be booked on the Indies. GCW is coming up. I don’t know who runs it, but I would love to work there. If Brett Lauderdale is watching, hit me up. A lot of those guys are going to be fine. It sucks they have to go through this uncertainty. I think Ring of Honor is done. The statement said they were going to try and start back up, it wasn’t a guarantee.
“I’m good friends with Jay Lethal, EC3, and the Briscoes and Kenny King. I think all those guys are going to be good. I remember when I heard the news, I got on the phone and talked to Scott and was like, ‘We need Jay Lethal, we need the Briscoes.’ Hopefully, we get some of those talents because it would be amazing and it would help IMPACT. Adding those guys would only make things better.”
Jay Lethal and The Briscoe’s have been staples in ROH and while the Brothers have already captured the GCW championships, Lethal has not made any comments on his future.
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(h/t to Fightful for the transcription.)